Under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, Sri Lanka listed 16 entities and 424 individuals of the LTTE overseas network that engaged in terrorist propaganda, fund raising, procurement, shipping and other support activities. If they are delisted by the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government, the LTTE will revive affecting Sri Lankan National Security and on going Reconciliation. Since the listing on April 1, 2014, foreign governments have frozen LTTE assets and properties overseas. If delisted, LTTE network overseas will use the resources unfrozen to recommence activities for a separate state in Sri Lanka.
Even after the military defeat of Tigers in Sri Lanka, the entities and individuals overseas continued their hostile and vengeful acts against Sri Lanka. After the comprehensive defeat of Tigers on May 19, 2009, the Sri Lankan authorities engaged in resettlement of 300,000 Tamil IDPs exploited as a human shield by the Tigers. Furthermore, government rehabilitated and reintegrated 12,000 Tigers who surrendered. The terrorists released back to society with new livelihood skills, and with an infrastructure investment of USD three billion helped to establish peaceful environment in the country.
Nonetheless, the LTTE activists and supporters living in foreign lands who supported and especially funded the terrorist violence in Sri Lanka for over three decades remained a serious security risk as they still pursued the same goal of carving out a separate mono-ethnic Tamil racist state out of the sovereign territory that comprises the island of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka issued Gazette 1854/41 under UN Regulation No.1 of 2012 and the UN Security Council Resolution No. 1373 of September 28, 2001 listing entities and individuals that supported terrorism. The foreign organizations proscribed with the gazette notification are noted below:
01. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
02. Tamil Rehabilitation Organization
03. Tamil Coordinating Committee
04. British Tamil Forum
05. World Tamil Movement
06. Canadian Tamil Congress
07. Australian Tamil Congress
08. Global Tamil Forum
09. National Council of Canadian Tamils
10. Tamil National Council (Operating from Norway, Italy, Switzerland, France, Canada.)
11. Tamil Youth Organization (Operating from Australia)
12. World Tamil Coordinating Committee
13. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
14. Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly
15. World Tamil Relief Fund
16. Headquarters Group
If Sri Lanka delists LTTE entities and personalities, 32 foreign governments will be challenged by LTTE entities to de-proscribe the international terrorist movement. Already, LTTE entities are planning to challenge USA, Canada, India, UK and EU that have blacklisted the LTTE. Care should be taken to ensure that Sri Lanka’s security is not compromised through hasty decisions.
RI Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA)